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Jefferson Edwards

February 8, 2024 |by Budapest LNG Summit | Comments Off on Jefferson Edwards

Jefferson Edwards is Vice President in Shell Energy, accountable for fundamental analysis of global gas, LNG, power and low carbon energy markets. Shell Energy is responsible for the marketing and trading of gas, LNG, power and environmental products within Shell Plc. He leads a team of professionals located in Houston, London, the Hague, Dubai, Beijing and Singapore, focused on the analysis of global energy markets and sits on the leadership team of Shell LNG Marketing and Trading and Shell’s internal global energy forecasting leadership team. He is the Shell representative to the Governing Board of the Gastech conference and the Programme Committee of LNG2025.

Previously, he was General Manager for Shell Energy with responsibility for Shell’s global policy and advocacy efforts related to natural gas market development. Prior to that role, Mr. Edwards has held various commercial and strategy roles within Shell’s Exploration & Production and Integrated Gas businesses, based in London, the Hague and Singapore.
Prior to joining Shell, Mr. Edwards was Director of Asian Energy Research for Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). He holds a MS in International Business Diplomacy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., focused on energy security.

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Gergely Szabó

February 8, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Gergely Szabó

Gergely Szabó has been leading MET Hungary since December 2014 and was appointed Regional Chairman of MET Central Europe from 1 January 2019. In the newly formed organisation Gergely Szabó is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the regional business operation and local subsidiaries in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia, where MET Central Europe has more than 7000 long term partners in the industrial natural gas and power segment.

Gergely Szabó started his career at the Gas Division of MOL Group in 2007. He was Executive Director of Origination and Structured Trading at MOL Energy Trade Ltd. between 2010 and 2011, then managed the Swiss subsidiary of MET Group as CEO at MET International between 2011 and 2014.

In addition to his role of CEO of MET Hungary Ltd., Gergely Szabó is Chairman of the Board of Directors of E2 Hungary Ltd., the joint venture energy trading company established by Magyar Telekom and MET Holding, as well as Member of the Board of MET Croatia and MET Slovakia.

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Konstantinos Sifnaios

February 9, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Konstantinos Sifnaios

Mr. Sifnaios started his professional career at Mobil Oil Hellas in 1987 as a Strategic Planning analyst. He continued in several positions within Sales and Marketing reaching the post of Sales Manager for South & Western Greece. He was then transferred to Mobil Oil International in London and Madrid where he assumed posts in supply and trading. In 1997 he moved to BP International, in Brussels, to work on the European restructuring of the company. He returned in Greece as General Commercial Sales Director for BP Greece (2000 – 2002) to then resume his international career within BP’s European supply chain till 2007. From June 2007 to the end of 2021, he worked in Copelouzos Group initially as New Projects Manager, gas sales Commercial Manager and then as Group Energy Director in the sector of Gas. He also managed the development of the Alexandroupolis LNG Terminal Project to its Final Investment Decision.
Since January 2022, when FID was taken on the Alexandroupolis LNG Project, he was appointed Managing Director of Gastrade, the owner and operator of the Terminal.

Mr. Sifnaios graduated from the school of Mathematics and Applied Sciences of the University of Athens having completed a special program on studies, methods and applications of Linear Programming and Network Flows. He went on to work as a research and faculty assistant at Columbia University, New York, U.S. where he received a Master of Science (MSc) in Operational Research and Applied Business Administration.

Mr. Sifnaios was born in Athens in 1960 and originates from the island of Lesvos. He speaks Greek, English, French and Spanish.

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Teodora Georgieva

February 8, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Teodora Georgieva

Teodora Georgieva has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic manager, leading significant projects in various economic sectors. Currently, Ms. Georgieva is the Executive Director of the Bulgarian side of the project company ICGB and is also a member of its Board of Directors. ICGB is responsible for the overall management and development of the gas pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria and will soon be an independent transmission system operator. 

From 2012 to 2014 Teodora Georgieva was Managing Director of Nabucco Bulgaria, and before that she worked at OMV Bulgaria for 13 years, 8 of which she was Managing Director of the company, holding cluster positions for Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. Georgieva was the coordinator for Bulgaria of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), in 2009 and 2010 she was awarded as Manager of the Year and is in the list of the top 10 Bulgarian managers. 

She graduated from the University of National and World Economy and has a master’s degree in Finance. Married, with two children

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Lászlo Fritsch

February 9, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Lászlo Fritsch

During more than 20 years spent in the oil and gas industry Mr. Laszlo Fritsch has gained extensive professional knowledge from various fields of the energy sector. He started his career at Shell Gas Hungary where his professional expertise has been broadened in various positions held in several European countries. Later he joined E.ON Gas Storage as CFO and from 2013 to 2020 he held the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hungarian Gas Storage. In order to gain in-depth knowledge also in the technical operation Mr. Fritsch has successfully completed a reservoir engineering course in Houston. Since 2020 he is appointed CEO of MVM CEEnergy (formerly Hungarian Gas Trade). With his extensive knowledge of the energy and natural gas industry, Mr. Fritsch actively contributes to the domestic and international development of the sector as the chairman of the Hydrocarbon Mining Section of the Hungarian Mining Association and a member of the International Gas Union (IGU).

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Franck Neel

February 8, 2024 |by Budapest LNG Summit | Comments Off on Franck Neel

Franck studied Energy at the University of Rouen and received an Engineer Degree and then followed a Master of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in United Kingdom. Later on, he earned an Executive Degree from the London Business School. Franck spent 25 years working for the Group Engie. Thus, he started his career at Gaz de France in the engineering department for 7 years and then moved to the Marketing and Sales with different functions in different countries such as France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and UK before joining OMV Petrom. He was appointed member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board as of July 1, 2018 and President of FPPG as of January 30, 2019.

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Szabolcs I Ferencz

February 8, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Szabolcs I Ferencz

Szabolcs Ferencz is the Chairman-CEO of FGSZ Natural Gas Transmission Ltd. since February 2019.
Previously, he held the position of SVP MOL Group Corporate Affairs supervising international and domestic governmental relations for Regulatory and Public Affairs, Strategy Development and Corporate Communications. Beforehand, Mr. Ferencz was the CEO and Country Chairman of MOL Romania, a key MOL Group subsidiary. Between 2003 – 2009 he held the position of Vice President for Corporate Communications of MOL Group and was in charge of the overall communications activities of the fast growing Group.

Since 2015 Mr. Ferencz is the Chair of the National Committee of the World Petroleum Council. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research Foundation. Mr. Ferencz is an Associate at the European Round Table for Industry since 2011. He is founding partner of the SEED School for Executive Education and Development based in Budapest.
Mr. Ferencz received his MA in Economics from the University of Regensburg and pursued postgraduate studies in political science.

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Ion Sterian

February 8, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Ion Sterian

The Director General of the National Gas Transmission Company TRANSGAZ, Ion Sterian, is a renowned name in the energy sector of Romania and the European Union as well as worldwide.

He joined the company in 2007 as a representative of Transgaz’ major shareholder, the Romanian State by the Ministry of Economy in the General Shareholders Assembly and further on, in 2013, he was appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Administration and since 2017 he has been Director-General.

Ion Sterian graduated the Oil and Gas University of Ploiești, being specialized in well drilling and exploitation of oil and gas fields, and the Faculty of Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture within the University of Bucharest. He received a Master’s degree in management and a Master’s degree in management and rural development and completed training courses in International Relations, all of which award him the perfect profile to run a company like Transgaz.

He has professional expertise and background in both energy and corporate management and has held positions of responsibility in different key institutions of Romania. He was Executive Director of the Technical Division within the Autonomous Administration of the Brăila Free Zone, Executive Director of Technical Division of the Autonomous Administration of State Protocol Patrimony; In 2010, Ion Sterian also held the position of State Under-Secretary within the Ministry for Regional Development and Tourism.

Throughout his career, Ion Sterian developed and perfected his professional knowledge on security and corporate governance, international and diplomatic relations and financial management, having a substantial contribution to the development of the performant company he runs and to the effective implementation of the strategic projects under the assumed Administration Plan.

Under the close coordination of Ion Sterian, Transgaz has been implementing one of the largest and most important natural gas transmission infrastructure development plans in Romania over the past 20 years, with investment projects estimated at over 3.4 billion euro.

A charismatic and committed leader, an effervescent and positive personality, Ion Sterian has won the trust and respect of his national and international peers, of the EU, international and Romanian authorities, of the mass-media and of his over 4,100 employees.

As a recognition of his professional merits and managerial qualities, Mr. Ion Sterian received on his own behalf and on behalf of Transgaz, numbers of awards, diplomas and accolades, being invited to deliver presentations/speeches on topics specific to the energy sector, management and corporate governance, negotiations and financing related to complex and large-scale investment projects in national and European energy infrastructure, and other topics related to the prospects for sustainable development of the energy sector in Romania and Europe, energy diversification in Europe, digitization of the energy sector, etc.

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Dmytro Lyppa

February 8, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Dmytro Lyppa

Dmytro Lyppa, CEO of Gas TSO of Ukraine LLC, joined the company in March of 2023 in challenging times of the corporate and operational reforms in process, responding to harsh geopolitical and energy market challenges. Appointed with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, he took the leadership in replacing the cornerstone importance of gas transit with integration of Ukraine’s GTS to the European gas infrastructure. As a result, in 2023, the volume of gas transported from EU and Moldova to Ukraine increased by 2,4 times compared to 2022. Under Mr. Lyppa’s management, the GTSOU’s new flagship projects include establishment of the Trans-Balkan Corridor and development of green energy infrastructure, as well as the “rightsizing” Ukraine’s GTS (Europe’s most branchy gas transmission system) with a view to optimizing its operational and financial effectiveness.

Previously, for 17 years, he held management positions in leading Ukrainian industrial companies, particularly in the international steel and mining Group of companies “Metinvest.” He has extensive experience in implementing large-scale production projects, forming long-term development strategies and providing for financial growth.  

Dmytro Lyppa has a degree of Master of Economics and Finance (KNEU). He received an MBA at

IMD business school (Switzerland) and studied within the Harvard Business School programs for executives.

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Veselin Sinabov

February 19, 2024 |by Evelin Szőke | Comments Off on Veselin Sinabov

Veselin Sinabov is a Member of the Board of Directors of Bulgargaz EAD. His career path began in 2012 as a Natural Gas Trading Expert at the company Overgas Inc. JSC. In 2015 Mr Sinabov continued his professional career at the natural gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz EAD, rising from a specialist in the Gas Transmission Network Balancing Department to Director of the Commercial Services Directorate. In August 2022, he was appointed Director of Bulgargaz’s Gas Trading Directorate.
He has an MA degree in International Law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). In 2013 he was awarded an MA degree in Management in the Oil and Gas Industry from the Moscow Institute of Technology.

He is fluent in English and Russian.

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